THE PILOT // TAKE 103 - BLACKLIST vs YOU

Psychopaths eh? When did they become so… charming? Well by the looks of it, this re-classification of serial killers/terrorists happened in the last couple of years… in pop culture anyway. This week we discuss two shows with right wronuns at its crux. First up we have Blacklist starring the charming by psychotic James Spader, followed by the all-conquering Netflix juggernaut of YOU. 

Are you psychotic enough to empathise with this protagonists? If so then you definitely aren’t a psychopath as they usually have no empathy. IT WAS A TRICK QUESTION! Anyway, find out which show we thought was best and let us know what you think @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 102 - YES MINISTER vs THE THICK OF IT

This week we dive into a double suggestion from a listener who, quite rightly, wanted us to do something that represented the current highly-charged political environment we find ourselves in. Both of the TV pilots we discuss today, previously exaggerated reality, but now they seem rather tame compared to real world events.

Jed steps forward as leader of the Yes Minister party, while Rob represents The Thick of It party. Who will get the most votes and emerge as surprise leader of in the polls? Give us a listen and if you want to canvas for us, you can find all of our material on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 101 - PRISON BREAK vs LIFE ON MARS

We start our next hundred shows with two absolute biggies. Shows that potentially have the ability to top the charts without even breaking a sweat. Shows that some people believe are the greatest examples of serialised television ever produced. This week we chat about the pilots of PRISON BREAK and LIFE ON MARS. 


Both of these shows have incredible endings, but did they start off well too? Lets find out on this week’s episode of The Pilot! Also, I promise we won’t sing this week.


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THE PILOT // TAKE 100 - THEME TUNE SPECIAL

ONE HUNDRED EPISODES!

Did you think we’d make it this far? 2 whole years of trying to find the best pilot episodes ever and we are closer than ever before. While we discuss why Pugwall isn’t number 1 on our chart, we have to first delve into one of the components that truly make a TV show great. Something that makes it memorable and gives it a longer shelf life than some of them truly deserve. Yes, we are talking THEME TUNES!

This week Rob and Jed bring 5 theme songs to the mic each and battle one by one until there can be only one winner. If WE can sing these theme songs, you know theyll be evergreen! We aren’t facing this challenge alone though, we have musician Kenny Lee on guitar to help us!!

We are back to normal next week, but for now, enjoy us singing earworms for an hour!!

Let us know what you think the best theme songs are on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 99 - ER vs LONDON'S BURNING

Take 99 is upon us. Or should I say Take… 999? Yes! Yes I should. This week we have an emergency service theme on the boil, with two very popular shows indeed. We have the glitz and glam of the beautiful people at ER, up against the grimy LONDON’S BURNING. I know which one I’d rather have save me in a sticky situation.

But which one would you choose? Listen to us natter and then decide yourself by letting us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @thejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 98 - ART ATTACK vs THE RAGGY DOLLS

A wise man once said, “raggy dolls, raggy dolls, dolls like you and me….”. Lets take that in for a second. These dolls are literally put together wrong (one of them even has his head on backwards), have serious emotional issues and literally live in a bin. Not to mention one of them is french. Besides this assumption, we have on our hands a much loved childrens TV show with real heart. Whats the pilot like though?

I think I have more in common with Neil Buchanan who single-handedly raided 90% of the british public throughout the 80s and 90s. Without him we’d be banging into walls and dribbling into our dinners. The man is a legend but we won’t let this sway us from deciding if Art Attack has a better pilot than Raggy Dolls.

If you want to find out which one won, listen in and give us some feedback @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 97 - TITAN GAMES vs THE GLADIATORS

Int. POST/POP Studio - Day

JED and ROB sit at the podcast table, push closer to the mics and give each other the nod.

TOGETHER:

Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions?
Do you have the courage of a hero? Do you have the will and the skill?

Do you have the speed, the strength, the heart to be a winner? It's not for beginners.
Deep down in your soul. Are you a Gladiator?

Gotta move like a streetwise fighter. Gotta face the fire of the tiger.
Gotta give your all to win. Ready or not, let the challenge begin.

Can you match the strength of the Gladiators? Do you have the fire within you?
Do you have the heart of a lion? Do you have the power in your soul?

Now it's time to race, it's face-to-face, get on the track now.
There's no turning back now. Your future's on the line. Are you a Gladiator?

Gotta move with lightning speed. Feel the strength for what you need.
Gotta take it on the chin. Gotta love it, love to fight and win.

Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions?
Show the stuff you're made of. Can you seal the fate of the Gladiators?
Can you challenge the Gladiators? Will you take on the Gladiators? Will you be the new champion?

The Gladiators

Jed and Rob collapse with emotion as Rob realises he never pressed record.

THE END.

oh and if you want to find out which pilot episode is better, The Gladiators or Titan Games, listen to this week’s show!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 96 - AFTER LIFE vs DEREK

It takes alot to make a grown man cry. Well Im talking about myself (Jed). On the other hand, there is Mr. Rob Jelly the Third who will blub like someone has trod on his favourite toe, the second you put on one of this week’s shows! Okay well maybe both of us get a little misty eyed, but at least I have the decency to lie about it! Yes, this week we have two shows from the oft-maligned Ricky Gervais that both deal with difficult subjects.

First up is the new Netflix show After Life which seems like it would be incredibly depressing but is in fact quite uplifting! Then we have Derek which most people seem to have missed, but it really is an overlooked gem. The question is, which one has the better Pilot episode? You’ll soon find out if you listen in!

You can contact us on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman if you want to argue/agree with us! See you later alligators!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 95 - MID-MORNING MATTERS vs THIS TIME WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE

To celebrate the new Alan Partridge-based series on BBC1, we have decided to partner it with the last one. It’s MMM vs TTWAP and to be honest, both are so so good. Yes, I’m biased as I produce MONKEY TENNIS (currently the number 1 podcast in the country) and yes this is cross promotion at its most blatant, but these are genuinely some of the best British TV for years.

Deep dive with us and let us know what you think on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 94 - HOME AND AWAY vs NEIGHBOURS

Its the battle of the Australian soaps and there can only be one winner… DAYTIME PROGRAMMING! Does anyone ever remember a time before we had these shows? I assume the world was just hot ash and sulphur because these two slices of the lives of beautiful people feel as in-built to our society as dirty pigeons and racism on trains.

I’ve always been a Neighbours fan myself so was keen to see what madness episode 1 would bring me. I think Mr. Jelly has a penchant for Home & Away but our personal preferences don’t come into this. We have to find the best pilot episode of TV before we die, so we will debate, fight and question life itself until we do so!

If you have any suggestions of a show with a perfect pilot episode, please let us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 93 - COBRA KAI vs MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES

Being skilled martial artists, myself and Rob Jelly are always keen to see our fellow fighters in action. This episode we picked two action-packed fight shows, that is very apt seeing as Rob and I are duking this out to see which one is the best Pilot! First up we have Cobra Kai which (spoilers) is one of the best TV shows I (Jed) saw last year. We then have the weirdness of Mike Tyson Mysteries which is surprisingly a really entertaining watch in the most bonkers of ways.

BUT WHICH ONE IS BETTER? Find out on this week’s THE PILOT!

If you want us to pick a show that you love, find us on twitter at @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 92 - NIGHTFLYERS vs LOST IN SPACE

Imagine being in space. Cool right? Now imagine you’re busy going about your space day, doing your zero-g space laundry and eating popping candy, when all of a sudden you get LOST. Not so cool now right? Well throw in a homicidal maniac and youve got yourself one traumatic space trip. IMAGINE NO MORE as that is essentially the premise for both the pilot episodes we have for you today!

First up is the George RRRRRRR Martin penned NIGHTFLYERS (not quite as bad as the film of the same name from the 90s) up against LOST IN SPACE (not quite as bad as the film of the same name from the 90s). Both on Netflix and both designed to make you worried about going back to space. I know I am anyway.

Find out if any of these made our Top 50 pilot episodes ever and let us know what you want us to watch next on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 91 - SKINS vs MISFITS

This week on The Pilot podcast we tackle two of the biggest shows aimed at teens… or are they shows aimed at an older generation whose ideas of teens are solely constructed from television? These are certainly not any experiences most of us will have dealt with, especially with the sci-fi tinged MISFITS, but there may be a few unfortunate among us that have experienced the hyper-reality of Skins.

But which one has the better pilot episode? Have a guess then listen in to see which one reigns supreme this week!

You can catch us on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman. See you later alligator!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 90 - CRACKER vs BAD BLOOD

We’ve had some great episodes but this one is… looks around nervously… A CRACKER! Yes that’s right guys, this week I (Jed) foist the 90s crime show Cracker onto my partner in rhyme, Rob Jelly. He parried with a brand new show to Netflix, BAD BLOOD. Did they make a TV show out of that Taylor Swift song? I asked myself. No, no they didnt, Rob replied, somehow hearing my inner thoughts.

But which one is the better pilot episode? Are any of them good enough to break the Top 50 Pilot Shows ever? Find out by listening in this week and let us know what you think by swinging by twitter and finding us @jedshepherd and @theejellyman. If there are any shows you want us to put on the list, we will put it right to the top! (in most cases!)

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THE PILOT // TAKE 89 - HORRIBLE HISTORIES vs ONCE UPON A TIME... LIFE

We’ve gone immature again and picked shows specifically designed for kids…. or are they? Horrible Histories is a show that could teach many of us a thing or two. Once Upon A Time… Life taught us more in 20 minutes about the human body than in our entire lifetimes. Just because they are educational doesnt mean they are any good though does it?

Find out in this week’s episode of THE PILOT!

If you have an idea for a TV show you want us to watch, please let us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 88 - ROBOTECH vs TRANSFORMERS

Finally. Finally we get to talk about massive robots. Every week I (Jed) say to Rob off air “Rob, you know what I love most in the world?” Rob answers “Yes, but that’s banned in 14 countries and I can’t get a dwarf this late at night…” “No Rob, Im talking about BIG Robots. Massive ones. Flying ones. Ones that can jump really high, and leap really far…” I respond. “and ones that can change into cassette tapes?” “yeah those ones too Rob, those ones too”.

So this week we have two big robot animations from Japan via America! It’s Robotech vs Transformers and it doesnt get much bigger. This is an episode that will SURPRISE and AMAZE you as one of us gives one of these shows, the highest mark ever given on the podcast!

Find us on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 87 - LITTLE BRITAIN vs JAM

Its the best of British today. No, not the TV pilots we discuss in this week’s show. I’m talking about myself and Rob. We hardy boys are taking on the unenviable task of finding the greatest Pilot episode of all time as we think it is key to working out the best TV show of all time! We have watched over 170 TV shows and STILL haven’t found it! Could it be this week?

First up is Little Britain, which is incredibly popular yes…. but is it any good? One of us seems to think so! Then we have Jam and as you may know, its a little surreal. Will this be up either of our streets or did it duck down an alley never to return? Find out on the latest episode of the Pilot!

@jedshepherd & @theerobjelly

THE PILOT // TAKE 86 - THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL vs KIDDING

Back for a new year and we haven’t let up for a second! After the happy new year/how have you been stuff, we get cracking on another fight to the death between two streaming giants. First up is the multi-award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which is pitched against the underdog Kidding (starring Jim Carrey!).

Knowing what you know about us, have a guess now which one you think will get the highest score. Go on. Got it? WRONG.

Let us know what you thought if the episode and if you have any suggestions, please get in touch on twitter @jedshepherd and @thejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 2019 - TOP 50 COUNTDOWN

HELLO 2019!

We start the year by giving you a full rundown of the best Pilot episodes we have covered since episode 1 with an epic 50 tv show pilot rundown! This is the perfect place to catch up with what we have been doing (the Lord’s work) and a great place for newcomers to jump in.

We plan to have another 52 episodes of The Pilot this year, so join us on this adventure beyond compare. Hope you have a great 2019 from Jed (me!) and Rob (not me!).

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